Two salon chair sit in front of mirrors, surrounded by bright light, dark hardwood floors, and an even rarer sensation at a salon—privacy. Instead of a dizzying cacophony of hair dryers and scissor snips, ARS LAB surrounds each client with peace and quiet, ensuring individual attention from a stylist—including owner André Richard Baldini—who takes the time to get to know them, their needs, and their desired aesthetic. After a full consultation, the stylist hydrates hair with Phyto conditioning treatment before cutting, coloring, or styling it to match the latest hair trends or most popular neighborhood topiaries. The salon also features a dedicated MAC makeup station, where Baldini—a MAC makeup specialist—creates new custom applications and teaches clients how to get the same look at home.
There's a bar at Andre Richard Salon, but guests aren't lining up to order cocktails. Instead, it's a blowout bar, where the stylists infuse flagging manes with volume. Basic and Master stylists alike beautify clients' tresses with everything from on-trend cuts and colors to Brazilian blowouts using products from popular brands such as Morroccanoil and Redken. To ready brides for their big day, the salon offers a comprehensive suite of services that include everything from updos and coloring books to keep the bridal party busy, to a trial hair and makeup run.
Photographer Taylor Horne is making a name for himself, with his work gracing the insides of glam-freak magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as the virtual pages of online publications such as Urban Romance magazine. The Antonelli Institute alumnus infuses his avant-garde style with inspiration from unlikely sources, such as Victorian novels and antique furniture.
Having worked as a fashion model and stylist himself, Taylor has a keen aesthetic eye for each aspect of the photo-shoot process. He lends his expertise to the creation of fashion and modeling portfolios, as well as headshots that can help clients land acting roles, corporate jobs, or especially picky preowned cars.
Dina Alon's beauty industry experience spans 27 years and encompasses both hair and makeup artistry. After studying at The Vidal Sassoon Academy, she has managed to put together an impressive resume: she's done make-up for numerous celebrities, including Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives, Joan Rivers, and Patty Duke. She's also powdered noses for programs such as FOX's NFL Under the Helmet, PBS's Christina Cooks, and Lifetime's Denise Austin, and she's worked as a hair and make-up artist for the QVC shopping network for 13 years. Dina now leads a team of stylists at her own salon. Guided by her experience, these trained artists nourish and sculpt tresses with products by Kerastase and Oribe.
The "science" of beautiful hair is the underlying inspiration of DnA Salon, located at 1030 North American Street in Philadelphia. The sleek-boutique salon opened its doors on February 7, 2006 as the premiere salon in Liberties Walk, an open air shopping/dining destination in the city's most talked about new neighborhood.
The stylists at Headhouse Salon draw inspiration for their cuts and color treatments from classic influences as well as from today's runways and fashion magazines. They've honed their skills in the hallowed halls of Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, and Bumble and bumble and work with products from Arrojo and Coppola. Bridal parties are welcome to come to the salon for a primping session before the big event. Or, the stylists can travel to the wedding location to perform beauty services that keep hair in place as the bride crabwalks down the aisle. Should brides prefer to be worked on in the salon, they'll enjoy a rustic-modern atmosphere informed by exposed brick walls, wood crossbeams overhead, and an open, airy space lit up by sunlight and bright circular chandeliers.